Monday, July 19, 2010

Video: Phish "Cars Trucks Buses, Sample in a Jar" 8.6.1997 Riverport Amphitheater ~ Maryland Heights, MO

The Julia Child of Phish youtube videos, Silverchair97, continues to unleash the August 6th show from Riverport Amphiteatre in 1997. This particularly poignant version of "Cars Trucks Buses" proceeds the traditional "Sample in a Jar".



Umphrey's McGee announces Halloween Run and Fall Tour


In the midst of short-break from their summer tour, Chicago's Umphrey's McGee has revealed plans for a two night Halloween run in St. Louis, MO at The Pageant. In what is now becoming a tradition, the band will be offering a new dose of mash-ups and is encouraging their fans to join in the theme and mash their costume attire. Last years mash-up's included Sweet Sunglasses[Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics) + Sunglasses at Night (Corey Hart) + Electric Feel (MGMT)], Night Gambler[The Gambler (Kenny Rogers) + Night Fever (The Bee Gees) + Rapper's Delight (The Sugarhill Gang) + Bring the Noise (Public Enemy; with Andy on vocals)], Land of Wappy[Wappy Sprayberry + Land of Confusion (Genesis) + Seek & Destroy (Metallica)], and my personal favorite Nemo's Fat Bottomed Good Times[Nemo + Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen) + Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)].

The thirteen day fall tour will kick off in Tennessee and work it's way west to Missoula, MT. For complete tour date and ticket information visit

Mr. Miner: The Light Is Growing Brighter Now

Viewing Phish tour as a quest for the transcendental unknown through improvisational portals, “Light” emerged as the unquestionable centerpiece of summer’s opening leg. The only song that routinely pushed the band into unique, uncharted realms, with each summer version came another risk into lush, textured psychedelia. During a month that didn’t focus on musical abstraction, “Light” routinely provided an experimental lens through which Phish explored the newest frontiers of their sound. On the heels of a stellar fall tour for the song, Phish’s philosophical anthem quickly became the springboard for the most profound jamming of summer. Each excursion surfed an emotional wave into an ever-darkening mystery, but what took place once the band got there depended on the evening.

Dog Gone Blog: Deeper Expression

Inevitably, this evolution has not only influenced the band’s songwriting, but their jamming as well. Many of the new songs debuted on the first leg carry a strong element of humility, similar to many of the songs off Joy. The days of writing goofy songs with meaningless lyrics are seemingly over, a new style has emerged in its place. Several of the covers seem to follow in this transition, with the most obvious being the cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Free Man in Paris”.

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